On April 24, 2013 the Archaeological Institute of America held their Spring Gala, Gods, Greeks, and Heroes, a benefit evening celebrating the discovery and intrigue of archaeology at Tribeca Rooftop in New York City. This black-tie event enticed the senses with a contemporary version of an ancient Greek feast, musical performances, and an auction of exclusive travel experiences led by the world’s leading archaeologists. Executive chef Joseph Jenkins collaborated with the institute to construct a Greek feast using only ingredients available to these ancient people, while simultaneously enticing the palates of modern-day Gala goers. The live auction gave guests the opportunity to dust off that luggage and travel to the far corners of the globe. A silent auction also provided the chance to purchase archaeologically-themed items, handicrafts, antiques and accessories. In addition to the auctions, funds were raised for the AIA Site Preservation Grant Program during a live pledge drive. Guests also supported the Jane C. Waldbaum Archaeological Field School Scholarship program, which enables students to have their first archaeological field work experience. The scholarships have sent dozens of students to dig at sites across the world. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Archaeological Institute of America’s Bandelier Award for Public Service to Archaeology to Dr. Malcolm Hewitt Wiener in honor of his extraordinary contributions to the field. At the conclusion of the evening’s dinner program, guests were invited to the rooftop terrace for libations and to mix and mingle with Gala guests. The Gala welcomes the elite from the field of archaeology as well as adventurers, travelers, historians, and those guests who enjoy enveloping themselves in archaeology.
Master of Ceremonies
Daniel Mendelsohn Named by The Economist as one of the best critics writing in the English language and ”arguably the best writer and critic at work today” by the New York Review of Books. Daniel Mendelsohn is a award-winning writer, critic, and translator and author of the international bestseller The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million, was born on Long Island, and educated at the University of Virginia and at Princeton. His essays, reviews and articles appear in many publications both in the US and abroad, most frequently in The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books. He has been the weekly book critic for New York magazine and a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review, and is presently a Contributing Editor at Travel + Leisure. Read more about Mr. Mendelsohn and listen to podcasts and interviews.
The Bandelier Award for Public Service to Archaeology
MALCOLM HEWITT WIENER It is with great delight that the AIA announces Malcolm Hewitt Wiener as the recipient of the 2013 Bandelier Award for a lifetime of extraordinary contributions to archaeology. A man of many talents and accomplishments, Malcolm was born in Tsingtao, China and educated at Harvard College and Harvard Law School. His achievements inside and outside of the discipline of archaeology are no less than astonishing. His publications are numerous and contributions vast, having earned him five honorary doctorate degrees. Dr. Wiener’s support of the exploration of the archeology of Europe’s earliest civilizations, the Minoan and Mycenaean, which arose in Greece and Crete between 3000 and 1000 B.C.E. can most notably be seen in his creation of the Malcolm Hewitt Wiener Foundation and the Institute for Aegean Prehistory (INSTAP).